History-making Togo into last eight

  • Last Updated: January 30 2013, 20:05 GMT

A review of Wednesday's action in African Cup of Nations Group D, with Togo joining Ivory Coast in progressing.

Celebrations for quarter-finalists Togo
Celebrations for quarter-finalists Togo

Togo booked their place in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup for the first time after battling for a 1-1 draw in a controversial encounter with Tunisia in Nelspruit.

English-born South African referee Daniel Bennett took centre stage in a contest that saw two soft penalties awarded to Tunisia as Togo twice saw strong spot-kick claims for turned down.

Khaled Mouelhi went from hero to villain for Tunisia, scoring their goal from the penalty spot in the 30th minute to cancel out Serge Gakpe's opener, only to hit the post when gifted another opportunity from 12 yards after the break.

Togo were incensed by the referee's decisions and will feel justice was done, with the point sufficient for them to book a meeting with Burkina Faso.

Ivory Coast fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Algeria in a dead rubber in Rustenburg.

Eliminated Algeria looked set to finish their tournament with an upset victory over already-qualified Ivory Coast thanks to second-half goals from substitute Sofiane Feghouli and El Arbi Soudani.

However, Ivory Coast, who might have been 3-0 down with Ryad Boudebouz missing an early penalty for Algeria, battled back with two goals in three minutes from Didier Drogba and Wilfried Bony to take a point.

The result leaves the Ivory Coast top of Group D with seven points and a quarter-final against Nigeria to look forward to, while Algeria head home.


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